Toiletries on a Plane: The Beauty Basics You Need When Flying

Toiletries on a Plane: The Beauty Basics You Need When Flying

Nowadays, packing for a flight requires striking the perfect balance between taking what you need and what is allowed. When bringing toiletries on a plane, it is important to create a seamless experience that allows you to have your beauty and bathroom essentials on hand, allowing you to properly pamper yourself on the plane and also arrive fresh and ready to start your trip.


Below, we provide a list of suggestions on how to perfectly pack the products you’ll most need as well as tips on what to keep in mind when bringing toiletries on a plane.


Rules for Bringing Toiletries on a Plane


When travelling to and from the UK, there are certain restrictions that apply when bringing toiletries on a plane. In terms of cosmetics and personal care products, you must adhere to the following rules:


  1. Bring no more than 100ml of any liquid on a flight, which includes creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara, lip gloss, spray deodorants, toothpaste, and hair and shower gel.
  2. All 100ml containers must readily fit into a clear, plastic wash bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm, and only one plastic wash bag is allowed per passenger. The bag must be closed and sealed. Overstuffed toiletry bags will not be accepted.
  3. The maximum combined amount of liquids you can carry onto a flight is one litre. This includes all of the items listed above.
  4. All travel wash bags must be taken out of your carry-on and shown at airport security before boarding a flight. Check out our article on the best travel wash bags for women available on A Little Find.


If you are concerned about correctly packing to bring toiletries on a plane, A Little Find offers pre-packed bath and beauty essentials to clean, hydrate and refresh while travelling, including gentle toothpaste, foaming face cleansers, daily moisturisers, suntan creams with SPF, and a broad spectrum hydrating sheet masks, as well travel accessories like travel wash bags and water bottles.


Tips for Packing Toiletries in a Carry-On


Aside from following the travel rules pertaining to taking toiletries on a plane, it is important to maximise the space in your carry-on and avoid lugging around unnecessary items that can be easily packed in your checked luggage. Although, if you are simply travelling for the weekend or going on a quick business trip and decide to only bring a trolley along with a travel wash bag, use the tips below to ensure you have everything you need.


  1. Make a list of the products you will need a few days before your trip, so you can double check and add any items you might have forgotten. Also, think about your morning or beauty routine and write down the toiletries you can’t live without.
  2. Consider how much of each product you will need. There is no need to bring a full-range of eyeshadow shades if you’ll only have time to wear one or two. For liquids, you can either buy travel size products like those available on A Little Find or purchase 10ml reusable bottles to bring the exact amount of product you normally use.
  3. One way to work around the limits of what is allowed on a plane is to replace liquids with solids. Facial sponges that contain cleanser and lather when they come into contact with water are a great alternative to liquid cleanser.


Must-Have Toiletries on a Plane


Depending on how long you’ll be in the air, certain beauty essentials are a must have on the plane in order to properly care for your skin and arrive looking fresh and rested. Given that the recycled, recirculated air aboard a plane is extremely dry, this can wreak havoc on your skin, causing breakouts, increased oil production, and flakiness. Look at the flight times below to decide what to pack when taking toiletries on a plane.


  1. 0-3 Hour Flights - Short-haul flights won’t significantly affect your skin, but moisture is lost. Artificial airplane air contains 30% less moisture than air in your home, so giving your skin a little extra hydration is a good idea. A vitamin-rich day cream that enhances skin elasticity and increases hydration, nourishing and brightening your skin, is ideal to supplant the decrease in humidity on short flights.
  2. 3-6 Hour Flights – Aside from applying a moisturiser, occasionally spritzing your skin with a face mist can add more hydration to your skin on longer flights. A mist that combines other properties, such as aloe and glycerine, can soothe and hydrate dry skin on extended flights.
  3. 6+ Hour Flights – Long-haul flights can take a serious toll on your skin, resulting in dull, blotchy and tired-looking skin, especially around the eyes, making you look jet-lagged and stressed. An eye serum that reduces inflammation and revitalises the area around your eyes by reducing dark circles and restoring firmness and radiance will help you avoid looking exhausted and frazzled when you arrive at your destination.


Additionally, remember that even aboard a plane it is necessary to wear a suntan cream with a high SPF. According to Dr Joshua Zeichner, dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, when you are flying at 10,000 feet, you are much closer to the sun, which can increase your risk of UV light damage. Even though airplanes are designed with windows that block out UVB rays, UVA light rays, which are capable of penetrating the deepest layers of the dermis, increasing photo-aging and the chances of developing skin cancer, are able to penetrate window glass, so it is essential to protect yourself with a suntan cream with a high SPF even on an airplane.


Finally, aside from hydrating with moisturiser, remember to keep your insides hydrated as well. By drinking plenty of water, you can avoid jet bloat, which refers to the swelling and bloating many people experience during flights. By having a water bottle on hand, you can keep bloat at bay and prevent your skin and eyes from becoming dry and itchy. Also, if more water means you need to use the bathroom more often, this isn’t a bad thing. Moving around on a plane is healthy since it inhibits deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is stagnant blood pooling in your legs that can up your risk of a blood clot. According to Dr Aaron Aday, a cardiology fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, walking around helps your calf muscles pump blood back up to your heart, which keeps it properly circulating.


Top Five Toiletries to Take on a Plane


Apart from what we might need at our destinations, there are certain beauty essentials we will want to have with us on a flight. Here are the five skincare items we highly recommend for air travel.


  1. Micellar water is a simple alternative to a facial cleanser. Simply place a few drops onto a cotton pad and cleanse the skin around your face and neck. Micellar water can help moisturise, detoxify and combat pollution when you’re on the go.
  2. A good lotion is essential to replenish your skin’s natural moisture aboard a flight. A facial moisturising lotion, preferably one with an SPF, which restores the skin’s protective barrier with essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, will help you seal moisture in. Read our article about travel size moisturiser to find out more.
  3. A hydrating spritz helps enhance moisture instantly for an occasional pick-me-up during the flight. A refreshing spritz can help alleviate the stress of the flight and combat the lack of humidity.
  4. A beauty mask is ideal for longer flights when you plan on getting some sleep. A hydration mask with hydrogel technology can afford deep and ongoing facial hydration while you rest, helping skin retain moisture and stay hydrated for extended periods of time.
  5. An eye gel applied an hour before landing can revitalize skin and brighten the area around your eyes. A lightweight eye serum can rebuild cell health, reduce dark circles, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, increase radiance and minimise puffiness for a refreshed, brighter look.


Once you arrive, it is also important to pamper your skin. Dr Zeichner recommends applying a layer of hyaluronic acid serum, which will draw water into your skin, before your face cream. Also, rather than slathering every product you own on your face, it is important to reach for a calming moisturiser that soothes your skin. Finally, once you are able to rest, get a good night’s sleep. Beauty rest is not just an expression, it actually works.


When bringing toiletries on a plane, you shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the options or obligated to bring absolutely everything you use as part of your bath and beauty routine, however, a few basics will help make the flight more relaxing and your trip more enjoyable. All products at A Little Find, which include bath and beauty items, such as toothpaste, moisturisers, serums and cleansers, come in convenient, airline-friendly travel sizes. Individually selected by founder Caroline Jacobs, the superior selection of personal care products guarantees your bath and beauty regimen doesn’t miss a beat while you’re away from home.


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